77, of 140 W. First St., Galesburg, IL, died at 7:22 PM Friday October 24, 2003 at her home.
She was born on January 30, 1926 in Galesburg, IL the daughter of Sydney and LaBlanche Ayers Finley, Sr. She married Cecil Bruce Ford in 1947 in Peoria.
She is survived by a son, Glenn Finley Ford of Encino, CA, three daughters, Lois Ann Hall of Sherman Oaks, CA, Candy Webb and Cyd Janine (and Randy) Pelotte, both of Galesburg, IL, a sister, Dorothy Newman of Las Vegas, NV and five grandchildren. A son, Bruce Ford, and two brothers preceded her in death.
She taught English at Galesburg High School and Lombard Junior High for 18 years, retiring June 1, 1991. She also taught in Long Island, NY prior to her return to Galesburg.
She was a 1943 graduate of Galesburg High School and a 1947 graduate of Knox College. She was a very active member of the Central Congregational Church in Galesburg, where she belonged to the Sarah Martha Circle and Benevolence Committee. She was a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), was a former president of the Galesburg Education Association, former chairperson of the City of Galesburg’s Youth Commission, and a board member of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Harrington Family Services Foundation. She was a volunteer for several other organizations in Galesburg.
Funeral services will be 11:30 AM Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel with Rev. Thomas Heather officiating. Burial will be in Knoxville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, at the chapel. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.